‘WandaVision’ Casts Teyonah Parris as Heroine Monica Rambeau

Fans all over the world are still applauding Marvel’s Phase 4 lineup which includes a number of small screen and big screen projects. Among those heading to television is WandaVision, a Disney+ series starring Avengers heroes Scarlet Witch and Vision.

Joining those two lovers will be another Marvel character, Monica Rambeau, played by Teyonah Parris. You may have caught a glimpse of a young Monica Rambeau in Captain Marvel as she’s the daughter of Carol Danvers’ best friend, Maria. Parris will be playing the hero who has had many names in the comic books over the years.

Teyonah Parris
Teyonah Parris at San Diego Comic-Con event. | Getty Images/Joe Scarnici/FilmMagic

Who is Teyonah Parris?

Parris can most recently be seen in Netflix’s Point Blank and she’s been acting since 2010, but her career started to soar when she snagged the role of Dawn Chambers on AMC’s Mad Men. She’s also starred in Starz’s Survivors Remorse as Missy Vaughn as well as on Empire as Pamela Rose.

But Parris is no stranger to feature films. She played the lead, Lysistrata, in Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq and Ernestine in If Beale Street Could Talk. When discussing WandaVision’s addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel head Keving Feige introduced Parris as the adult Monica Rambeau in the series. She is beyond hyped to be a part of the team

How Monica Rambeau fits in the MCU with Scarlet Witch

In the comics, Rambeau gained her powers when she was accidentally zapped by a scientist’s energy-altering machine, which, according to Marvel.com, enabled her to “convert her own body into energy and back again at will.” While fighting crime in New Orleans, she eventually made contact with the Avengers and was welcomed onto the team. After climbing the ranks, she became Captain Marvel. As for her abilities, interdimensional travel and energy manipulation are just two of her powers.

Rambeau also famously changed her alias several times from Captain Marvel to Photon, Pulsar, and later, Spectrum. During her massive run with the Avengers, one of the people Rambeau worked with was Wanda Maximoff, a.k.a, Scarlet Witch, and at one time they teamed up against Dracula and a gang of vampires.

However, it’s been revealed that WandaVision will take place after the events of Endgame, and the show will have a 1950s vibe to it. Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) told Variety that Marvel will shoot the series this fall, and she’s excited about the material:

“There’s quite a few other comic books that we’re pulling from and it’s going to be Wanda and the Vision, and I think at the Disney+ launch chat, they showed a photo of us in the ’50s. Paul and I are really excited. They have a great group of writers. I think it’s going to be a total of six hours.”

Feige stated that WandaVision will be unlike anything Marvel has ever done before, so that leaves the gate wide open for how the story of Wanda, Vision, and Monica Rambeau will unfold. That includes Vision somehow coming back to life.

Fans are ecstatic to see any or all of Rambeau’s incarnations introduced into the MCU and find Parris to be the perfect choice for the role. WandaVision will air on Disney+ in spring 2021.